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The Future of Rural Services in England - RE0223

Description
The proposed research aims to elucidate the changing identity, nature and force of the various factors that will underlie the demand for and supply of services in rural England over the next decade (precise scope of the term 'rural services' to be agreed with DEFRA at the outset.) It will establish recent trends in and the status quo of demand and supply, largely from published sources, but place most emphasis on the 'forces for change' - demographic, social, economic, cultural, political and technological - and on how informed opinion sees them developing and being translated into demand and delivery. To that end a largely qualitative approach will be used centred on interviews with key stakeholders and expert sources, both one-to-one and in focus groups. Alternative scenarios will be explored together with their possible policy implications. Various channels of dissemination are suggested to enable the results to reach relevant community, consumer, service delivery and governmental stakeholders.
Objective
To establish and project into the medium term, the main factors and forces affecting the nature and quantity of the demand for services in rural England paying attention where possible to any likely significant geographical variations of those factors within rural England;

To establish and project into the medium term, the main factors and forces affecting the nature and manner of the supply of services in rural England-paying attention where possible to any significant geographical variation in that changing manner of supply;

To establish the likely outcomes of those changing factors and forces on the demand for and supply of rural services;

To suggest some consequential implications and options for service delivery and deliverers, and for related government policy.
Project Documents
• Final Report : The Future of Rural Services in England   (626k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2004

To: 2005

Cost: £114,782
Contractor / Funded Organisations
University of Gloucestershire
Keywords
Environment              
Rural Amenities              
Rural Development              
Fields of Study
Rural Affairs